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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Jun 6, 2013 7:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Swing Auditorium San Bernardino 02/26/77

The Swing did a bunch of shows in that period . Maybe they gave the acts a good deal ? My buddies saw Black Sabbath there in 75 , and it was the first stop on The Rolling Stones' first US tour in 64 .
It was a funky (in BOTH the positive, and pejorative sense of the word) spot, location to the "inland empire" attracted all sorts of "colorful" people, and for the Dead, lots of Hell's Angels .
The band had played the Shrine in LA proper, 4 months before, and would play The Forum , in Inglewood (western LA) 4 month later . Besides the money side of things, maybe they wanted to tap into a slightly different "market" for this, and the the other shows they played there .http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swing_Auditorium

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Jun 6, 2013 8:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Swing Auditorium San Bernardino 02/26/77

Swing was destroyed by a small plane on September 11th, 1981...hmmmm, September 11th...smells like the seeds of a conspiracy...